Sam Allardyce will miss Everton's Europa League trip to Apollon Limassol

Sam Allardyce Manager of Everton looks on during the Premier League match between Everton and Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park

Two Merseyside derbies in a month, we're not complaining.


Everton come into the game rejuvenated following the appointment of Sam Allardyce, as he watched from the stands during the Toffees' 4-0 win over West Ham before masterminding a 2-0 victory over Huddersfield.

Allardyce has a long-standing medical appointment - which he made the club aware of when he was in talks to succeed Ronald Koeman last month - and can not travel.

He made it clear that it would negligible - given that nine first team squad members are unavailable - to risk any taking too many senior professionals on the trip and jeopardise their hopes of success at Anfield. The third round ties will be played on the weekend of 6-7 January.

Everton hero Michael Ball has no doubts Sammy Lee will be the first off the bench to celebrate if they score against Liverpool this weekend.

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It will also be foggy - especially on the hills - but on a brighter note it won't be that cold (11 to 13 degrees). A wind warning has been issued for Donegal , Galway , Leitrim , Mayo , Sligo , Clare and Kerry .

Bellew actually won the WBC cruiserweight title at his beloved Goodison and he's suggested that Carragher's heart remains with Everton.

Reds fans would have been optimistic going into the derby a few weeks ago, with the Toffees struggling under David Unsworth, but with "Big Sam" in the dugout, Everton look a different side already.

"Everton controlled my life and dominated my thoughts 24/7".

"They need to go there and be courageous - when I was captain we used to go there a little bit fearful of what we were going to do due to the results of previous meetings".

Holders Arsenal, who have won the tournament three times in the last four years, will face Nottingham Forest at the City Ground, while Chelsea have also been drawn away to Championship opposition in the form of Norwich City.

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